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Ministers for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

$600,000 TO BOOST OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY

Joint media release with Mark Dreyfus MP Federal Member for Isaacs

Maximising supply opportunities for Australian companies for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games is one of four projects to share in $600, 000 of Australian Government funding.

The funding, awarded under the Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program, will allow the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to link competitive Australian companies with lucrative supply opportunities in major projects in Australia and overseas.

The Rudd Government is focused on ensuring that local suppliers get a fair go. This program helps get Australian firms and services out in the market competing for valuable contracts wherever they may be.

It is often easy to overlook Australian firms when awarding contracts, particularly where there is a lack of knowledge about Australian capabilities. Many Australian suppliers can provide goods and services at globally competitive prices.

By linking global opportunities to local capabilities we create crucial links that boost Australian productivity, export capacity and most importantly, jobs.

In 2008 the SAMP program helped Australian companies win $548 million worth of contracts. The new round of funding will build on this success.

Speaking at Advanced Polymer Technology Australasia/Sports Technology International in Melbourne today, Federal Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus announced the new round of SAMP projects on behalf of Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr.

Businesses like Sports Technology International are a great example of local businesses that have directly benefitted in major projects as direct result of the SAMP program.

For example, Sports Technology International were successful in securing the contract to supply and install the running track for the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games in India, maintaining their strong connection with elite sports in Asia.

The three other successful projects in this round of SAMP include identifying supply opportunities relating to: • QGC’s proposed Queensland Curtis LNG project; • the construction of three new hospitals in south Queensland; and

Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim Carr

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Senator the Hon Kim Carr

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• the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Further information on SAMP and the other services provided by the ICN, including guidelines and application forms, is available at www.icn.org.au

A list of funding offered in the latest SAMP round can be found below.

Media contact: Patrick Pantano, Minister’s Office, 0417 181 936 Brett Collett, Mr Dreyfus’ Office, 0421 201 954

Mike Lawson, Department, 02 6213 66490, 0419 416 816

SAMP FUNDING RECIPIENTS

Industry Capability Network Queensland - Queensland Gas Company (QGC) Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project ($200 000) - to maximise opportunities for Australian suppliers to bid for work in QGC’s proposed Curtis LNG project in Queensland. The project involves the expansion of QGC’s coal seam gas operations in the Surat Basin and construction of a 380 km gas pipeline to an LNG processing plant to be built near Gladstone. A number of other projects based on coal seam methane are also proposed for the region.

Industry Capability Network Queensland - Major Hospitals Constructions ($120 000) - to increase opportunities for Australian industry to participate in the construction of three new hospitals in South Queensland: Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland Children’s Hospital and Sunshine Coast Hospital.

Industry Capability Network Victoria - Shanghai World Expo 2010 Stage 2 ($120 000) - to continue work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade and the Australian International Sports and Event Secretariat to identify and facilitate further export opportunities for Australian companies in the Shanghai World Expo 2010. To date, this approach has resulted in five

major contracts valued at more than $66 million being awarded to Australian companies. These contracts include: the provision of communications and public affairs services by Parker & Partners; provision of an innovative and diverse cultural program by George P Johnson; the design of the pavilion by Think!OTS; construction, exhibition and technical operations services by Bovis Lend Lease; and staffing, retail and operations services by International Venue Group.

Industry Capability Network Victoria - 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games ($160 000) - to work with Austrade to build on the success of the Australia India Sports, Events and Major Projects Alliance, previously funded by SAMP, to increase opportunities for Australian industry to supply infrastructure and services to the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Previous SAMP funding has assisted Australian suppliers win 22 contracts worth more than $42 million.

This includes: • a contract awarded to Sports Technology International/ Advanced Polymer Technology Australasia to install and supply a running track for the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games in India. • a contract to a consortium led by Peddle Thorp Architects to develop three competition games venues.

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